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Kellyn Quek

Principal/Senior Piano/Theory Instructor

Music Lifestyle Academy is the brainchild of Kellyn Quek, a qualified teacher of piano and music theory for some 20 years. Among her alma maters are Kingston University in London, from which she graduated with BA(HONS)MUS, as well as Diploma in Music.

Now, besides teaching, she also volunteers her coaching and music arrangement services for the Choir at a non-profit organization and has personally spearheaded numerous performances and fund raising efforts over the years.

As an ardent lover of music and a firm believer in its enriching effect on one’s emotional development and spiritual well-being, Kellyn started this academy with the intention of sharing her passion with those around her, hoping to teach others to think of music not merely as a form of entertainment or leisure, but as a way of life. The aim of the centre is to cultivate a genuine love and appreciation for music that extends beyond examinations and paper qualifications.

As a teacher, Kellyn believes in making music lessons both accessible and enjoyable for her students. Therefore, at Music LifeStyle, one can expect a structured, well-organized curriculum that has been carefully crafted with the goal of providing a holistic musical education in mind, as well as being tailor-made to meet the diverse requirements of all students.

 

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Senior Piano/Theory Instructor/Accompanist

Miss Susan has been teaching in music Schools for 20 over years. After completing Grade 8 Practical and Theory, she studied at La Salle College. She also obtained her Professional Teaching Certification of Licentiate Trinity College London (LTCL-Teaching).

Her broad-based love for music education, pedagogy has brought her to attend workshops in the US, as well as constantly upgrading herself through attending seminars.

Her love for children, preschoolers is evidenced in her short stint at NUS Child-Care Centre.

Besides teaching, she also does piano accompaniment for instrumental exams, ballet. It is her aspiration to inspire students not merely love for music or as  pianists but rather all-rounded musicians.

 

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ShiRong Foo

Piano/Violin/Theory Instructor

Miss Foo has been playing the Piano and Violin for over 20 years. Having obtained her LRSM Violin Performance (Distinction),  ATCL Piano Performance, ABRSM Grade 8 Practical (Violin and Piano), and ABRSM Grade 8 Theory, she is well versed in teaching both the ABRSM and Trinity syllabi on Piano and Violin.

She was appointed the Principal 2nd Violinist in the Singapore National Youth Orchestra, and Concertmaster of the Illini Strings Orchestra at UIUC.  A recipient of the 2007 Sim Hay Lum Music Elective Programme (MEP) Scholarship, she also clinched the award for top MEP student in the 2007 A Level cohort.  She is passionate about sharing music through education and performance, and is looking to pursue her FRSM certification in Violin Performance in the near future. She endeavors to educate and enrich promising musicians at the Academy.

In addition, Miss Foo is also a Civil and Environmental Engineering graduate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), and holds a minor in Music Performance.

 

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Serene Chua

MEP/Piano/Theory Instructor

A graduate from NTU(Nanyang Technological University), Serene holds a degree in Education as well as Piano diploma. Having full grade 8 in both ABRSM Practical and Theory is a very passionate and experienced teacher for both individual and group lessons.

Miss Serene is aims to pursue LRSM and FRSM in the near future. Being a passionate music educator, she is proficient with the ABRSM , Trinity and Music Elective Programmes from her past experiences in teaching music at CHIJ Saint Nicholas Girls’& St.Andrew’s Secondary Schools.

 

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Nixon Toh

Classical/Pop Piano/Theory Instructor

Having achieved Trinity Diploma ATCL as well as ABRSM full Grade 8 in both practical and theory, Nixon is a very cheerful, caring yet inspiring piano instructor at Music LifeStyle. She is always inspired to upgrade herself by attending music related seminar and master classes.

Besides teaching, she aims to attain LTCL or LRSM in the near future. She is working very closely with parents for her students’ progress of learning. In addition, she has been actively accompanying for ABRSM Violin Examinations and was invited to perform for the ‘Future & Hope Charity Concert 2015’ at Victoria Concert Hall Singapore on 1st of November 2015. These experiences have certainly enhanced her journey at Music LifeStyle Academy.

 

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Classical Guitar/Recorder/Composing/Theory Instructor

Dominic is a two-time winner of the Yamaha Guitar Festival, in the Classical (Open) section in 1981 and the Pop (Open) section in 1990. He was also the winner of the Guitar (Open) section of the National Music Competition in 1982. While still in his teens, he had appearances on television (with the Yamaha Guitar Orchestra and radio (with his recorder consort, The Pipers’ Guild). After a diploma in music from LaSalle College of the Arts he went on to a BA (Hons) (Mus) from Kingston University, England, majoring in classical guitar.

In addition, he spent his post-graduate year at the Royal College of Music, England, where he obtained an ARCM in Early Music, this time majoring on the recorder. His teachers include Ernest Kwok, John Mills, Jochen Schubert, Michael Schneider, John Sharpley, Carlos Bonell, Elizabeth Page, Philip Thorby, Walter van Hauwe and Philip Pickett. Recordings with local musicians include Mark Chan (‘Nature Boy’, ‘Traveling under the light of the full moon’ and ‘Lear’) and Peculiar Remedies. Other notable appearances include playing recorder in Theatreworks’ ‘Broken Birds’ and guitar on ‘Mortal Sins’, mandolin with the Singapore Festival Orchestra on Howard Shore’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Suite and Rodion Shchedrin’s ‘Anna Karenina’. As a composer, he wrote music for local stagings of Arthur Miller’s ‘The Crucible’, ‘Grimm Tales’ and independent film ‘Bipolar’.

 

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Pop Guitar/Ukulele Instructor

Tommy is a guitar and ukulele player since 1972. With more than 40 years of music experiences, he had mastered various guitar playing techniques ranging from Classical plucking, Country, Pop, Rock & Roll, Jazz and old Country Blues. Having started his music forte as a hobby, he gradually uses his musical development to entertain the public and arrange songs for worship leaders in churches. He could conduct vocal singing fluently both in English and Mandarin. He is a faithful volunteer at St Luke elder care centre, various welfare and community centres, including The Salvation Army. He never fails to entertain the people with his charismatic character.

To date, Tommy trained students in vocalising, harmonizing, guitar and ukulele, either solo or in group. With his network of musicians from various generations, he helped to stage charitable events, community club musical events, etc. His greatest involvement is grooming a group of young local musicians in fusion music known as The Flame Of The Forest. He is currently a guitar instructor at Music Lifestyle. Tommy graduated from NUS many years ago.

 

Alexander SohAlex

Classical Violin Instructor 

A Mechnical Engineering graduate from NUS (National University of Singapore), Alexander has been playing violin for over 20 years and holds LTCL, ATCL, ABRSM Grade 8 Practical, ABRSM Theory Grade 8, Suzuki Violin Level 6.

Alexander aims to pursue FRSM at some point in the near future. Passionate and student-centric, he is proficient in teaching various syllabi such as Suzuki, ABRSM as well as Trinity Guildhall.

 

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Steven Chong

Classical/Pop Harmonica Instructor

A multi-talented harmonica player, Steven currently plays lead at the Singapore Broadway Harmonica Ensemble. He picked up harmonica in 1975 during secondary school days. He plays the chromatic harmonica, tremolo harmonica, bass harmonica as well as chord harmonica.

In 1977 he joined Rediffusion Chinese Drama, and in 1982 he became the group instructor and Assistant Conductor for their Group harmonica Orchestra . In 1984, he joined Hainan Association Harmonica Orchestra and started to do score arrangement for the orchestra and also responsible for leading the percussion section. In the year 2005, he became a soloist and he played “ Endless Love” at the Victoria Theatre and in 2006, played as lead soloist for “ Butterfly Lovers Concerto” at Esplanade Concert Hall.

He received many compliments for his superb playing skills. Among his achievements comprised 1st Place in Harmonica Orchestra Competition for 2nd APHF(Malaysia) in 1998. In 2005, he represented Singapore and won a champion with Gold Award in HangZhou(China) INT Invitation Orchestra Competition. He is also the Champion with Gold Award NHC(Singapore) for Chromatic Solo in year 2008.

Having the 1st position Lead Player, he also actively arranges Harmonica music scores. In 2014, Steven co-wrote ‘Harmonica Method Book 1’ with Ms Kellyn Quek (Principal, Music LifeStyle) to simply and enhance harmonica learning methods.

Steven has performed many classical pieces, such as ‘Besame Mucho’, ‘Hora Staccato’. He also collaborated with World Class Violinist & Pianist  Dr. Ayke Agus as well as Nicholas Quek (pianist) in performing ‘The Swan’ for ‘Future & Hope Charity Concert 2015’ at the Victoria Concert Hall.

 

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Wei Xin Ng

Marketing & IT

A psychology graduate and counsellor-in-training, Wei Xin hopes to eventually use art, play and music in helping people cope with the daily grind and life issues. Besides, he had also achieved a full ABRSM grade 8 certification in both practical and theory exams.

Apart from his endeavours in the social services, he has an intrinsic liking for creativity. He has dabbled in designing collaterals such as banners and event shirts for various concerts and camps . Being on board the Music LifeStyle team has given him ample opportunity to further this passion in designing for Marketing and Digital Media.